Bureau of Reclamation Deploys 27 Battery Electrics in Pilot Initiative
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is talking up the deployment of 27 battery electric EUVs – electric utility vehicles – at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State as a pilot project to introduce zero-emission, low-maintenance fleet assets.
The lithium ion battery-powered EUVs are built by E-Ride Industries of Princeton, Minn. “They are expected to help meet lower greenhouse gas emissions goals and also solve a chronic vehicle shortage for making short trips around the hydro power complex,” the agency says.
“In the last couple of years, Grand Coulee has added about 130 employees. We’re trying to introduce these electric vehicles as a way to offset our current gas fleet vehicles,” Grand Coulee administrative officer Matt Tillman says in a release.
Largest Dam Has a Large EV Fleet
“Grand Coulee spends over $100,000 on fossil fuel each year. We’re expecting to be able to cut that consumption by 10% to 15%,” he said.
The EUVs will serve an 18-square-mile Grand Coulee campus which includes transmission yards, four power plants, “and the mile-wide dam itself.”
Tillman said that that it’s appropriate for the largest dam in the U.S. to have one of the largest fleet of American-made, electric-powered vehicles. “They’re powered by renewable energy that’s generated here at the dam,” he said.
“It’s a large power complex and not very far from place to place, but there’s an awful lot of small trips, short trips that employees make each day. That’s hard on vehicles and a poor use of a fossil fuel powered car,” said deputy power manager Doug Anderson.
The Bureau of Reclamation has deployed 13 two-passenger XV2 Patriot and 14 four-passenger XV4 Patriot vehicles, E-Ride CEO John Herou told F&F.
The EUVs can handle a 1,000-pound payload and reach a top speed of 25 mph.
‘Not Golf Carts’
“They’re not golf carts. They’re built for an industrial environment, like Grand Coulee, and that’s how we’re going to use them,” Tillman said.
￼￼￼￼￼The Bureau of Reclamation notes that it’s is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S., with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States.
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Source: Bureau of Reclamation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up